Already closed | 1h 20m | East Village

Where You From? What You Be About?

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Intense, Funny, Relevant, Slow

About the show

In Eric Aviles's autobiographical solo play a cousin’s funeral becomes the catalyst for facing the effects of growing up surrounded by poverty and violence, and for accepting the need for healing.  More…

Set in the historically Puerto Rican neighborhood of Humboldt Park in Chicago, 'Where You From? What You Be About?' seamlessly moves from the past to present as it tells a story of how one man and his family reconciles the influences and subsequent death of a family member due to gun and gang violence. This transformational journey is an interdisciplinary solo play that includes spoken word, video projections, and a live DJ. Recommended for ages 12+.

1h 20m | Already closed | Downtown Art (East Village)

Member Reviews (10)


Thought-provoking, Intense, Funny, Relevant, Slow
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you are concerned about the cycle of urban violence in the US & want to understand it better & maybe even help work to change it.

Don't see it if you do not like one-man shows.

Also Hearing the testimony of anyone who has been through the trenches & so... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if This is part of a real story not a movie, It funny and serious at times. One man show, plays multi people. After show had a talk back.

Don't see it if Growing up with violence, gang, and drug, jail. Small theater.

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play with good acting that tells about life in a ghetto with violence, and drugs in a form of small vignettes.

Don't see it if You like to play that has a beginning middle and end.

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense

See it if you want to experience a lifestyle and circumstance many of us never get too see. A hard-hitting production of what poverty can lead to.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows or are upset by descriptions of violence or criminality. Be prepared for loud club music and a short strobe effect

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Must see

See it if you want to see some excellent acting that couldn't be more relevant.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light - most of the audience cried.

Slow, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if if you have a chance, it's an important story and while inspired by events that took place in the 80s it's still very relevant today.

Don't see it if you're expecting more than a man playing multiple characters re-telling his story of growing up around violence and gangs.

Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see, Riveting

See it if .

Don't see it if .

Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Time-piece

See it if you like one-man shows, loved the 80s, have a stake in gang culture or want to understand the people in it, see the humanity in urban life.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, don't like 80s house music or culture, are still overcoming the loss of a loved one and are emotionally raw.

Also The music is AWESOME!!! It dovetails nicely to bring another dimension... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Slow, Dizzying, Intense, Funny

See it if You enjoy one man plays that speak to the adversities faced in the inner cities, stories of gang violence and the effects on families.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy house music, one man playing multiple characters, sensitive to themes of violence.

Also This play has heart, but it can be slow at times and some of the comed... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Slow, Funny

See it if You enjoy one man shows with a dj playing house music. Alot of multiple characters played by one man and a true life story.

Don't see it if You hate house music, one man shows and not a huge stage performance.

Also This show was quite interesting. A lot going on and most can relate to... Read more Read less

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